Kobon

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Population

10,000 (2007 SIL), increasing. 4,000 monolinguals.

Location

Madang Province, Middle Ramu district; Western Highlands Province, Kaironk river, lower Jimi river area north of Mount Hagen.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Tok Pisin [tpi], especially youth. Used as L2 by Haruai [tmd].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 20%–25%. Literacy rate in L2: 20%–25%. Interest in L1 literacy increasing. Local school staff are regularly producing new material for use in the schools. Taught in primary schools. Grammar. NT: 2005–2008.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].